I know, I know. It's been a while. Month after month I chose something else over writing. I'm not 100% sure why, but I feel like I can be honest here. I mean, it is my blog. Lol I was on the phone with my best friend and I mentioned something pertaining to my blog and she no doubt called me out because I had not been posting. It's so easy to feel like no one's watching so it's safe for you to stop. But, that thinking is no more. I have to practice what I preach. Starting this blog and maintaining this blog keeps me accountable.
When I started this blog I said to God that I was doing this for his glory and even if only one person gave their life to Christ or if one person was touched by something written here, I would be happy because I know that I planted the seed that saved at least one soul, and I meant that. That whole piece is ironic because this post is about being an ambassador for Christ. This post is about what to do after you have come out of the cocoon of divine grace.
God has given us the task of telling everyone what it is that he is doing. We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he's already a friend with you. That's straight from the word in 2 Corinthians 5:20. But, what does that all mean?
In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul gives us a little more insight as a fellow ambassador. If I can be honest here, on my first read I was convicted. I quickly realized/remembered that there are camera's (God's eyes) in heaven watching my EVERY move, my every thought and listening to every word that comes out of my mouth. What would I ever say to God when I'm at the gates and he pulls up video of me (insert sin here)? What am I going to say to him when he asks me how I claimed to worship in spirit and truth and hadn't forgiven (insert unforgiven person here)? Thinking about that made me happy and sad at the same time. It made me happy because right now at this very moment while I still have time, I can repent and I'll be forgiven because he is a merciful God. It made me sad because I thought about what I looked like when I was living in sin but professing Christ and I was forced to think about all of the missed opportunities that I had to show people God's glory and I failed. I thought about all of the times when someone was watching me and I discredited the ministry in my actions. That feeling was a really miserable one and that feeling is the perfect transition to understanding the insight that our fellow ambassador Paul gave us on how to be and what to do after we have become butterflies.
1. DONT RECIEVE GOD'S GRACE IN VAIN
To live in sin after we have received his grace and his forgiveness is to receive his grace and forgiveness in vain. The only right response is to repent, turn from sin and live in a holy way. Receiving God's grace in vain simply means that we are not receiving all of the benefits of his grace. To receive a gift in vain means that the gift did not have the intended consequence or blessing. The gift was given, but did not accomplish the purpose for which it was given. For example, if someone gave you a million dollars to get yourself out of debt but you just let the money sit in the bank and never paid off the debts, the million dollar gift was received in vain. It was received in vain because the intended purpose of the money was to make a drastic change in your living situation and that did not happen. The only right response is to turn from sin and live a life that is holy.
2. STAY AT YOUR POST
We must work and we must work for God and his glory, for souls and their good. Don't put it off. Don't frustrate God's work by showing up late. Our work is validated (or not) in the details. People are ALWAYS watching as we stay at our post. They're watching when everything is good and when everything is bad. They're watching when we're praised and when we're blamed, when we're true to our word but distrusted, when we feel like giving up, when we're immersed in tears, when everything is falling apart, when we're living on pennies but making other people rich, when we have great joy and even when we have nothing at all. We must commend ourselves in every way, when people love us and when people hate us. People, although they shouldn't be, are watching and judging and so is God. So, don't do anything that can discredit the ministry. We have to be careful not to offend, we should speak gently and mildly in order to prevail with sinners and overcome their natural unwillingness to be reconciled to God and be happy forever.
3. PROTECT YOURSELF
We have to purify our selves from any and everything that can contaminate our body and/or spirit. Don't become partners with those who reject God. There is no way that right and wrong can live together, neither can light and darkness, and Christ didn't go strolling in the park with the Devil. There is more danger in the fact that the bad can damage the good versus the hope that the good will change the bad. Choose your friends wisely, believers should be righteous. It's so easy for us to want to fit in, but now that we are butterflies we have to focus more on the standing out.
4. TELL EVERYBODY
Nike's Community Ambassadors program states that employees from around the WORLD have the OPPORTUNITY to SHARE their LOVE of sport with the NEXT GENERATION. They aren't just getting kids playing and moving today, they're INSPIRING them to be active for LIFE.
Those ambassadors are literally the link between Nike and the "next generation", as we should be the link between Heaven and the Earth. I say that because the only way to God is through Jesus and we connect people to Jesus. God gave us specific policies/instructions in his word and that is what we are to deliver and live by. Jesus told us to GO and make disciples of ALL nations. If the seat next to you at church is empty, it's your fault. Who did you tell about Jesus? Who did you tell the good news? Who did you pray for? Who did you love despite? Who did you set an example for? Did you flick that lady that cut you off in traffic off or did you pray a quick prayer of peace and protection? What did you do at your post, were you on Instragram scrolling or were you in your word? Were you trolling in the comments or did you take a second to thank God for his Son? I know that it's easier said than done to be an ambassador for Christ but we're in this together. Connect with someone that will hold you accountable and vice versa.
What would your tagline as an ambassador for Jesus be?
Think about it and live it.